hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä- \

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce horrifically (audio) , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world
Recent Examples on the Web Such attacks always pose a potential threat to the health and safety of patients, but are especially horrific during a pandemic that is straining the world's health care systems. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Coronavirus Sets the Stage for Hacking Mayhem," 19 Mar. 2020 But the defense remains horrific, and starting an undrafted rookie at center (Naz Reid) isn't helping. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Predicting the Detroit Pistons' NBA draft lottery spot: It's going to get worse," 9 Mar. 2020 Decision-makers had abdicated their responsibility to align means and ends, even as the world drifted toward the precipice of another horrific conflict. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 Singh’s motivation to serve the riot-hit is mostly fuelled by his own horrific memories of those days. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "Religious zeal shattered Delhi’s lives and dreams. Religious zeal is now picking up the pieces, too," 28 Feb. 2020 Learn more about the horrific situation in Mississippi here and here. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Pinterest exceeded all of its year’s goals for hiring minorities," 17 Jan. 2020 After a few summer days with the fridge off, the result was horrific. Chris Dixon, Outside Online, "Read This Before Renting Your Beloved Van to Strangers," 21 Feb. 2020 The first two episodes are directed by Jason Bateman, an executive producer on the show, who also plays Terry Maitland, a Little League coach in a small Oklahoma town who’s implicated in the horrific murder of a boy. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Supernatural Gets Serious in The Outsider," 12 Jan. 2020 But playing hardball with a nation reeling from a horrific human disaster—and risking the trade deal falling apart in an election year—would be a risky move if Beijing does request some leeway on purchase commitments in 2020. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trade in the Time of Coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for horrific

borrowed from French & Latin; French horrifique, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin horrificus "inspiring awe or dread, frightening," from horrēre "to be stiffly erect, bristle, shudder, shiver" + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic — more at horror entry 1

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The first known use of horrific was in 1653

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24 Mar 2020

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“Horrific.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horrific. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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